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Crime trends through two decades of social changes in Spain

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Garcia-España, Elisa; Diez-Ripolles, Jose Luis; Perez, Fatima; Benitez, Maria Jose; Cerezo, Anabel

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Abstract "Over the last two decades, the Spanish social fabric has undergone a variety of profound changes, which in turn may explain the rise in police-recorded crime and prison population figures. Although the rise in crime reported to the police has been higher for common offences—misdemeanors—, the mainstream media concentrates overwhelmingly in serious violent crimes—felonies—. Spain does not have an official agency responsible for conducting victimization surveys to measure crime trends as directly experienced by the citizens. Based on this methodology, our study shows that contrary to information gathered from police data, and despite social fabric changes, crime in Spain is decreasing. The present study also reveals the distorted public perception of this trend, which seems to respond to a repetitive coverage of serious crime by the mainstream media." [author's abstract]
Classification Criminal Sociology, Sociology of Law
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 359-380
Journal Crime, Law and Social Change, 54 (2010) 5
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10611-010-9262-5
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)